(Updated December 16, 2016)
Well Construction Project – Southwest Water Reclamation Facility and 31st Street Sports Complex
With another rainy season – and the potential for sewage overflow – right around the corner, the City of St. Petersburg is making every effort to increase its options for disposal of excess treated reclaimed water. In order to increase disposal capacity for reclaimed water from the Southwest Water Reclamation Facility, two 1,100 ft. deep injection wells are planned at the Southwest Water Reclamation Facility, and two wells are proposed at the 31st Street Sports Complex, 4801 31st Street South.
In addition to the current injection wells at the Southwest Water Reclamation Facility (which pump treated reclaimed water – just like many residents use for irrigation – deep into confined salt-water aquifers) these four additional injection wells will help with disposal during summer rain events to prevent the potential for overflow into the streets or nearby waterways.
The two well sites at the 31st Street Sports Complex are proposed to be at the north and south ends of the park by the parking lots. During the construction, there will be heavy equipment and drilling necessary to complete the project. However, there will be no impact expected for the sport leagues. The City of St. Petersburg is committed to ensure the safety and security of players and spectators, and will make every effort to mitigate any loss of parking sites during the construction program. Once completed, there will be no noise or odors associated with the operation of these wells. Equipment will be screened from view of the neighboring properties and the roadways. Once the project permitting and public hearing period is completed, construction is planned to begin in the spring of 2017 – so the wells can be ready in time for the summer rains.
The City of St. Petersburg will host two informational meetings in January. We encourage you to attend if you have any questions or concerns. Our first community workshop is planned for Tuesday, January 3, from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. with a follow-up until 7:00 p.m. It will be held at the Water Resources Complex, 1635 3rd Avenue North, in Training Room B. The second workshop will be planned for the following week. Please let us know if there is a particular day or time that would be best. We would like to avoid having it conflict with your HOA meeting schedules.
The construction of the wells at the 31st Street Sports Complex are a change of use within a City Park and they are required to be approved by Ordinance. This Ordinance is tentatively scheduled for a first reading before City Council, at St. Petersburg City Hall, 175 5th Street North, on Thursday, January 5 and a second reading, with Public Hearing, on Thursday, January 19th. The Public Hearing portion will start on or after 6:00 p.m. on the 19th. In addition to these community meetings and readings, there will be a Public Hearing before the Development Review Commission, for zoning and land use review, on Wednesday, February 1, at St. Petersburg City Hall, 175 5th Street North.
For more information, please contact Bill Logan, Public Works Communication Manager, (727) 892-7250 office or (813) 610-8126.
Customer Relations Officer
Water Resources Department
City of St. Petersburg, FL